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West Meck, football coach Jeff Caldwell part ways

West Meck coach Jeff Caldwell, seen talking to his team in 2012, has resigned as Hawks coach. David T. Foster III-dtfoster@charlotteobserver.com
West Meck coach Jeff Caldwell, seen talking to his team in 2012, has resigned as Hawks coach. David T. Foster III-dtfoster@charlotteobserver.com dtfoster@charlotteobserver.com

After six seasons at West Mecklenburg High, Jeff Caldwell told the Observer he has resigned as football coach.

Caldwell’s record was 31-39 overall. In seasons 2012 and 2013, his Hawks won nine games each. That was the first time West Meck had posted back-to-back winning seasons in 15 years. In 2012, Caldwell led the Hawks to the second round of the playoffs for the first time since 1989.

Caldwell said he stepped down after meetings with the school administration about the direction of the team.

“They didn’t say anything about losing,” said Caldwell, whose team was 5-7 in 2015 and lost in the first round of the playoffs. “It’s hard. I’m not bitter. The time I was here, we were able to put close to 30 kids in(college).

“When I took over, we were coming off a 1-10 season and we didn’t have a jayvee and we didn’t make the playoffs. This year, the jayvee was 8-2. (The program) is left better for whoever gets it.”

Caldwell, 49, produced two winning seasons in his six years. In the 11 years before he arrived, West Meck had three. Overall, his teams averaged 24 points and allowed 21.

Caldwell said he plans to coach track and field at the school, but might pursue other coaching opportunities.

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